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Technology issues plague university, spark solutions

Tyler Hoffman

Issue date: 9/17/10 Section: News
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However, a petition signed by 10 percent of the undergraduate student body brought the vote to the whole undergraduate population. Those opposing the allocation cited increased financial transparency of the IFC and PHC, along with the organizations' to donate their rollover to the Tinkham Veale III University Center.

Though the election was not without some turmoil, it remains evident that 940 individuals voted on the referendums, suggesting vote turnout and results were unaffected by the technical difficulties. Regardless, USG is diligently addressing the reliability concerns. "We are being upgraded to a new version of CollegiateLink's software very soon," Maloney said. "Additionally, USG will implement a more rigorous pre-election testing procedure for the online voting system so that issues such as these can be found and fixed earlier."

CWRU administration has also experienced technical concerns in the past weeks. On Sept. 10, an email originating from the Office of Undergraduate Studies was accidentally sent to all first and second year students. It contained an alias file of the student email addresses, but no one's confidentiality was breached. "The email that was mistakenly sent was triggered by responding to my assistant," undergraduate studies assistant dean Claudia Anderson said, "When I answered her email, I didn't notice that the link to all first [and] second year students' email addresses was included."

Anderson also explained that the alias file was created to ensure that the email addresses could not be shared. "That alias file is protected and only those who need to use the file have access. No other individual or office is able to use that information," she said.

Though the email reached many undergraduates, it was protected by advanced measures that ensured security. These protective features are placed among multiple aspects of the IT system and serve to protect the faculty and students that depend upon its services.

Campus's reliance on university technology remains aa part of everyday life. Given this, CWRU holds IT efficiency and security in high regard, allowing students to breathe easy as they turn on their computers and log in online.
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